Winter Cabin Trail No. 70

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Winter Cabin Trail descends gradually through ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, and juniper treesf with many shaded areas for about a mile and a half to the historic Winter Cabin. Winter Cabin Spring, which normally runs all year is located in the creek behind the cabin and about 30 feet down stream on the other side of the creek. A camp site is located near the cabin. At the cabin you can connect with Hog Hill Trail and Kelsey Trail, or you can continue on Winter Cabin Trail in a southwest direction as the trail descends about 1,500 feet of elevation in 3.5 miles through chaparral type of vegetation and a partially shaded canyon to Sycamore Creek

There is no water available in this area of Sycamore Creek. At Sycamore Creek you can connect with the Sycamore Basin Trail #63 which runs down stream along Sycamore Creek. Along the lower part of Winter Cabin Trail there is a short side hike to Ott Lake where water is unreliable. Sycamore Basin Trail #63 is on the Prescott National Forest. Visit the Prescott National Forest Sycamore Canyon Wilderness page for additional information about trails on the western side of Sycamore Creek.


Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Trail System

The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness North Trail System within the Flagstaff Ranger District consists of five trails with a combined mileage of 11.3 miles with the longest trail being 5.6 miles. These trails include:

Each trail is suitable for day hikes or longer overnight loop hikes.

Sycamore Canyon can be very hot and dry during the summer months. There are several springs located near the Wilderness trails which normally have water year round but hikers should not depend on this water being available and all ground water should always be treated or filtered. There is plenty of shade along all of the trails as you descend into Sycamore Canyon through a thick forest of ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, and juniper trees. The lower part of Winter Cabin Trail and part of Kelsey Trail takes you through chaparral type vegetation which offers spectacular views of Sycamore Canyon.

Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in Arizona and offers hikers plenty of solitude and natural beauty. Learn more about Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.

General Information


Location: 30 miles southwest of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Access: From Flagstaff, take W. Old Route 66 west to FR 231 (Woody Mountain Road). Go south on FR 231 for 14 miles and take a right at FR 538 to FR 538H (about 9 miles). Turn right on FR 538H and drive approximately 1/2 mile to the trailhead.

Access to the trailheads is by dirt roads which can be extremely rough and even impassable during Monsoon Season and winter months due to mud and heavy snow. Woody Mountain Road is subject to winter season road closure.

GPS (Map): 35°01'23.9"N 111°55'24.7"W



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Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Trail System Map


General Notes:

Length: 5 miles

Elevation Change: 2200 feet


  • No mechanized vehicles including bicycles in the Wilderness.
  • Fire danger is usually high - be careful with campfires.
  • Camp at least 200 feet from springs and bury human waste 200 feet from springs. Pack out all trash.

Leave No Trace: Recognize your role in preserving wild lands by practicing these Leave No Trace principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts.
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.

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